Friday, June 12, 2009

From the Library 6/12

I'm borrowing a meme I've seen around (In My Mailbox The Story Siren and On My Bookshelf Books Obsession) and changing it up for me. I don't get a lot of books in the mail or buy them really. My husband would kill me and we would never eat again since all our money would be spent on books. Also I am a librarian so I support my local library as much as I can.
So anyway, I'm going to try and do a weekly meme that I'm calling From the Library (original right?) and listing the books I've gotten from the library.

Beastly - Alex Flinn

I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.


The Luxe - Anna Godbersen (this is the 3rd time for this book, I'm trying to get around to it.)

A big, sumptuous tale of catty girls, dark secrets and windswept romance unfurls in this compulsively readable novel of late-19th-century New York City socialites. Godbersen weaves a tenuous web of deceit, backstabbing and pretense that follows four teens: Elizabeth Holland, a prim and proper lady of old-money society, is betrothed to one man, though furtively loves another; Henry Schoonmaker, a debauched playboy who must marry Elizabeth or be disinherited; Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister who is in love with her fiancĂ©; and Penelope Hayes, a member of the nouveau riche who will stop at nothing to win Henry’s affections. As Elizabeth and Henry’s wedding approaches, the spectacle unfolds in a wondrously grandiose scene, making for a fun, though not entirely unexpected dĂ©nouement. A delicious new twist along the Gossip Girl vein, readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal.

City of Bones
- Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dust of 100 Dogs - A.S. King (I'm really excited about this one.)
In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of one hundred dogs, dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body -- with her memories intact. Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica. This novel, told in several threads from one multi-voiced narrator (Saffron Adams), explores life from 17th century Ireland to 17th century Caribbean piracy, to 20th century small-town Pennsylvania. And 100 dog lives in between.


Devilish - Maureen Johnson (I've read this, but I liked it so much I'm going to do a re-read when I can)
Tiny senior-class genius/spitfire Jane Jarvis is seriously out of place in St. Teresa's Preparatory School for Girls in Providence, RI. Although she considers herself to be above the school's traditions, she wants to help her clueless best friend, Ally, obtain a good freshman sister at the annual Big-Little ceremony. Alas, when Ally forcefully vomits in front of the en
tire student body, she needs more than Jane's help. After a brief period of avoiding her schoolmates, all of a sudden she's cool, gorgeously attired, confident, and sophisticated. Well, everyone knows that high school is hell, so it makes semi-sense that demons abound, and Ally has sold her soul to one. Jane is determined to save her. Odd things start happening, from giant hailstorms to self-igniting textbooks, and Jane sadly bids farewell to her family and throws herself into mortal–and immortal–danger.

Unscripted - Amy Kaye (This is for the Take a Chance Challenge.)

Having been one of the standouts of a high school, reality-TV show, Claire is given the opportunity to appear in a spin-off. This time, cameras tail her during the summer as she tests her theatrical skills in a starring role on Broadway in a Rent-style musical production. She lives in a Manhattan apartment with her newly discovered, somewhat older, half-sister Tina, the product of an out-of-wedlock birth that Claire's father had kept secret. They intend to do their best, despite the intrusive cameras, to form some sort of belated bond. At the theater, Claire meets Jeb, a former boy-band member who has been recruited for a starring role opposite her in order to infuse the production with even more celebrity buzz. He offers Claire the services of his entourage of trainers when she flounders in rehearsals early on and a romance quickly develops between them, but then comes to a hasty termination when Claire becomes suspicious of his character. Soon the paparazzi pressures of celebrity are conspiring to undermine the pair's short stint in the Broadway limelight, as well as any hopes for Claire and Tina establishing a meaningful sisterhood.


  1. There is actually a meme like this called Library Loot. It's run on this blog if you're interested:


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